Predators Exercise Options on Coaching Staff
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has exercised the contract options of head coach Barry Trotz, associate coach Brent Peterson, assistant coach Peter Horachek, goaltending coach Mitch Korn and video coach Robert Bouchard for the 2007-08 National Hockey League season.
“The Nashville Predators have continued to improve each and every season, and this past year, our club reached its highest level of success under the guidance of Barry Trotz and his staff,” said Poile. “Our next hurdle is to find success in the post-season, and with Barry and staff intact, I am confident that we will overcome this challenge together.”
Trotz, 44, has coached all 656 regular-season games (283-276-97) in the Predators’ nine years, and has guided the club to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the last three seasons and to 100 victories over the past two campaigns. He led the Predators to franchise records in wins (51), road wins (23), points (110) and goals (272) in 2006-07 and earned a spot as an assistant coach with the Western Conference at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. Nashville is the only team that has made the NHL playoffs in each of the last three seasons with improved point totals each year (74 in 2002-03, 91 in 2003-04, 106 in 2005-06 and 110 in 2006-07). Among active coaches, Trotz trails only Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff (1997-present) in active tenure with the same club.
The Winnipeg, Man. native was named Nashville’s first coach on Aug. 6, 1997 and spent a season scouting before leading the franchise’s inaugural edition in 1998-99. Brent Peterson became an assistant coach with Nashville on June 19, 1998 after leading the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winter Hawks to the Memorial Cup. He was promoted to associate coach on June 19, 2003, and the Calgary, Alta. native has been instrumental in developing and implementing team systems.
Assistant coach Peter Horachek has helped the Predators advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his three seasons behind the Nashville bench. He joined the Predators in 2003-04 after coaching Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, the season before.
Mitch Korn, who joined the organization on July 23, 1998, has worked with the Predators’ goaltenders and those in the Nashville developmental system for the last nine years. The well-known goaltending coach has worked with a number of top NHL goalies, and local success stories include Nashville’s current goaltending duo of Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason, which combined for the second-highest team save percentage (.919) in the NHL in 2006-07.
Robert Bouchard has been a member of the Nashville hockey department since 1998, and he has spent the last eight years as the club’s video coach. He is responsible for video analysis of all pre-scout and Predators’ game film, contributing to the formulation of scouting reports on the opposition and the production of all instructional/teaching tapes for players and prospects throughout the program.